This morning I rehearsed with students from St. James Catholic School in Redondo Beach, and the rehearsal was held in St. James Catholic Church.
Before the rehearsal began around 8:45 or so, there was a mass held in the church. The mass ending time varies by a few minutes, so the kids were all in there, waiting for it to end, so they could start their thing. I carefully planned my arrival to try to coincide with the ending of the mass, so I could come in and set up my stuff to get ready to play for the rehearsal. But I was a few minutes early.
Oh yeah, I should mention it was raining and the floors were a little wet. Oh, and this building is BIG, and I needed to carefully walk up the side aisle all the way to the front. And it’s kind of echo-y in there, because it’s a well-known fact that Catholics like echo-y places. And this is what brings me to my carpeting issue.
So just a word to all my Catholic peeps – you know, a little carpeting in your churches wouldn’t exactly kill you. And it just might keep you from being distracted by the squeaky shoes from any non-Catholic piano players who may be trying to sneak into your buildings on rainy days. I’m just saying – it’s something to think about.